Voting with their Seats: Computer Laboratory Design and the Casual User

Dirk HR Spennemann, John Atkinson, David Cornforth

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Student computer laboratories are provided by my most teaching institutions around the world however what is the most effective layout for such facilities? The log-in data files from computer laboratories at a regional university in Australia were analysed to determine whether there was a pattern in student seating. In particular it was investigated whether students and academic staff usage was affected by the layout of a computer laboratory and therefore a preference by students in where they were seated. It was found that the layout of the computer laboratories does not affect which computer layout that a student will use. Further it was found that academic staff prefer to use a computer laboratory designed along more traditional lecture room layout when working with first year students. This research will be valuable to institutions designing new computer laboratory facilities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-420
Number of pages12
JournalBehaviour and Information Technology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2007


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